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Tell A Story in 30 Slides: SlideShare Contest

Thursday, May 28, 2009
posted by Geetesh on 5:44 AM IST



SlideShare announced the very interesting Tell A Story in 30 Slides contest that invites participants to submit a story about themselves, their travels, or something they love. Just tell it with words and pictures and in 30 slides.

Everyone who enters the contest gets a free Fuze Meeting account ($270 value). Learn more about how to enter contest here...

Tell A Story in 30 Slides: SlideShare Contest

Jonathan Boutelle
of SlideShare adds: "We launched a new contest yesterday that will be of interest to your readers. The theme is "tell a story", and the top prize is $5000. The judges include Om Malik, Pete Cashmere (Mashable), Ann Handley, Don Tapscott, and Tony Hsieh (Zappos). There's already some really nice entries up, and I think the theme is going to elicit some very interesting work this time (PowerPoint as narrative device).

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009
posted by Geetesh on 7:36 AM IST



Ellen FinkelsteinNeed to learn how to create outstanding presentations, from start to finish? Ellen Finkelstein is offering a 3-day, intensive workshop that covers content, design, and delivery.

You’ll get personal attention in a small group. If you live in the U.S. or Canada, I suggest that you check it out here...

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009
posted by Geetesh on 2:37 PM IST



As part of the animation tutorials series, I have showed you how you can add an animation to any slide object in PowerPoint. However, there's more to animating text than just adding an animation since PowerPoint provides specialized options for animating paragraphs and bulleted text. In this tutorial we will learn how you can use these special options to animate text sequentially by words, by letters, and by paragraph levels.

Learn more now...

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Saturday, May 16, 2009
posted by Geetesh on 4:58 PM IST



In PowerPoint you can animate any slide object, but some objects have extra animation options. These objects include charts and bulleted text, and in this tutorial we will work with chart animation in PowerPoint. Since animation is largely unchanged in PowerPoint versions 2002 through 2007, we'll cover all those versions in this tutorial.

Learn more here...

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posted by Geetesh on 4:48 PM IST



Julie Terberg who is a Microsoft PowerPoint MVP has been busy doing this cool video with Microsoft Office Online as part of their new Office Intervention series. In this particular video, Julie shows a law student how she can effectively use PowerPoint effectively to create a compelling presentation.

Yes, the finished video looks amazing -- so I embedded it here on this blog post!



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posted by Geetesh on 3:02 PM IST



SlideBoom, a presentation sharing site from the makers of iSpring announced the SlideBoom World Presentation Contest. This contest, open to everyone requires participants to submit any PowerPoint presentation (or another compatible file format) on the SlideBoom site. All participants need to be members of the site, and basic membership is free.

SlideBoom Presentation Contest 2009 - Contest Judge


Applicants can submit their works from 18 May to 21 June inclusive. Winners will be announced on 30 June 2009.

The contest winners will be judged by a panel of 5 presentation professionals including yours truly.

More info can be found on the contest site...

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posted by Geetesh on 1:33 PM IST



Max WijgergangsMax Wijgergangs is the owner of a Dutch PowerPoint presentation company, Studio-Max. Max admits that he bought his first computer only in 2001, until which time he knew practically nothing about computers and PowerPoint. But he made up for that lost time soon by rapidly discovering all kind of possibilities working with Microsoft PowerPoint and Adobe graphics software. This remained a big passion, but it was still a hobby until 4 years later, when he decided to quit his regular job. He launched Studio-Max with a goal to provide the Dutch market with professionally designed PowerPoint presentations. Since then, his energy focused on taking PowerPoint presentations to a higher level that has allowed Studio-Max to become a known name.

Max and his team love to play with the animation possibilities in PowerPoint. In this conversation, Max discusses this and more.

Geetesh: How can animation enhance a regular PowerPoint presentation to something above the ordinary.

Max: Many Dutch clients and companies don't know the full possibilities of PowerPoint, and they are in most cases pleasantly surprised when they see some of our works. "Wow, is this really done by only PowerPoint?' is what we hear a lot from these people. This reaction probably stem from the way we use graphics and animation. When animations are used in the right way, they can really enchance any PowerPoint slide. The secret is to combine different basic animations on pre-calculated timeframes (we use Excel formulas for this!).

When combined with well designed, corporate looking content (Photoshop/Illustrator artwork), this will result in stunning and professional looking animated slides that will blow people away.
We have an in-house PowerPoint professional, Lam Quang Huy working with us at Studio-Max. He is an animation specialist, and he really knows how to take PowerPoint animations to the next level.

There are many secrets hidden in the PowerPoint animation schemes, and we continue to discover new tricks on a regular basis! A lay-person could well imagine that these animations were created using Adobe Flash!


Geetesh: Is there anything called too-much-animation? Tell us more about the dividing line.

Max: Yes there is, I see that almost every day when companies send me their in-house presentations. Content is animated too fast or too slow, pictures are spinning and turning around the screen to vertigo levels, and so on. Too much animation of that sort can distract the audience from the message. Of course, an overkill of animations can also be annoying.

The dividing line in animations can be a distinct difference -- between slides created by a PowerPoint professional or an amateur. Most presentations made in this part of the world demand animations on each slide. It's always a challenge to find the balance between restful and highly dynamic, yet sophisticated animations.

Audiences must not be overwhelmed by all kind of animations but it's also important not to bore them with standard animation stuff they have seen a zillion time before. Being original and creative, that will help a lot!

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009
posted by Geetesh on 1:05 PM IST



NXPowerLite 4 is the new version of a well known file optimizing product that reduces the size of Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations and JPEG images. The files remain in their original format, with almost no loss of quality. Also NXPowerLite works integrated within Lotus Notes, Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express or Windows Mail. In this case, NXPowerLite will automatically optimize email attachments as they are sent and the file recipients don't need NXPowerLite to open or edit the attachments.

Read the review here...


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posted by Geetesh on 10:13 AM IST



I write this as I am in the keynote being addressed by Steve Ballmer at Tech Ed India being held in Hyderabad.

Steve discusses how changing times and economic conditions make the IT industry cope up in different ways. Steve's session was preceded by a rock band performance that performed a specially created Tech Ed India song! More about Tech Ed in future posts!


Picture Courtesy: Shutterstock

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Saturday, May 09, 2009
posted by Geetesh on 4:28 PM IST



You can easily boost your business and your SEO / SEM efforts with the help of an old friend: PowerPoint. All you need to do is pick a topic that you want to relate your business to, prepare a presentation on that topic and then publish it on presentation plattforms like SlideShare, Slide.com, etc. You can then bookmark your online content and enrich it with keywords and descriptions to further promote your content and boost your SEO / SEM efforts.

Jörg Hahn tells you more in this Indezine exclusive article...

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Friday, May 08, 2009
posted by Geetesh on 2:29 PM IST



Adobe is a name well known to anyone who works with graphics and media content -- and they bundle several of their award winning programs in suites that contain a set of applications geared towards a specific use. Adobe already has such suites for the Creative and Production categories -- and their newest Suite offering is squarely aimed for the burgeoning eLearning market. The main products in the Adobe eLearning Suite are Captivate, Acrobat, and Presenter. These work directly with Microsoft PowerPoint whereas other products in the Adobe eLearning Suite such as Photoshop, Flash, Dreamweaver, Soundbooth, etc aid in making the Suite sweeter and more integrated.

In this review, we'll take a closer look at the Adobe eLearning Suite.

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Thursday, May 07, 2009
posted by Geetesh on 3:38 PM IST



Jörg HahnJörg Hahn aka Jay Green was Marketing Manager with a screen capturing software publisher prior to launching his new company Convima. Now he successfully combines video production with online marketing. Hahn holds an MBA, speaks 5 languages fluently, and is planning to open another subsidiary of Convima in Singapore in August 2009.

Geetesh: Tell us more about this interesting concept of product videos for the web, and how it evolved.

Jörg: The concept is quite simple. We tell you how to make a video and how to get the most out of it. Combining video production with online marketing is a successful and future-oriented concept that initially got started when I was still working with software publisher balesio on ALLCapture. I realized that customers buying screen capturing software, like Adobe Captivate, balesio's ALLCapture or Techsmith's Camtasia, only purchased the tool that enables them to capture content and to produce online videos. However, the know-how how to make a professional video in terms of a good film script was often demanded. In some cases, customers don't have the time to learn how to use such software. This is where the idea to offer consulting on how to produce a video was born. Sometimes customers had an employee in charge of in-house video production, but due to that person leaving that position or the company, the need for an external video production company evolved.

Another interesting aspect of the Convima concept is that we integrate produced video content into our clients' online marketing mix and therefore boost their SEO/SEM efforts. Most companies use video content exclusively on their website. However, video and presentation platforms, bookmarking services and social media give us the opportunity to boost and promote a video (product video, corporate film, website or online platform presentation) in a very strategic way.

Geetesh: What are the benefits in creating these videos, and how long does it take to create them? Also how much do they cost.

Jörg: If you want to increase your incoming traffic and boost online sales, modern and interesting content is needed to attract more people coming to your site. Once they are on your online presence, you can use video content to improve the usability of the site and therefore increase conversion rates.

Reseller Results - Convima

Creating these videos and integrating them into our customers' online marketing mix really helps to strengthen SEO and SEM strategies. We look at where the customer puts his priorities in his online presence. Is his website primarily an information platform, a showroom, lead generator or does it act as a sales engine. Depending on where the priority lies, we generate video content to underline this marketing focus and then strategically position it on the web – with relevant keywords, descriptions and links. This service therefore has a strong SEO/ SEM orientation and enables our customers to be listed on page 1 in Google. They can have a thumbnail of their video displayed in the SERPS (Google search results) or be listed in the SEVRS (Google video results).

The time to create videos really depends on what the customer wants and on the amount of content that was delivered to us beforehand. Content that can go into the final video is existing video material, articles, tables and graphics or most importantly, PowerPoint presentations. In many instances, our clients want to present their website in a brief video or to provide a support tutorial that makes navigating through the order process easier. In those cases, we need to record the screen and incorporate that into the final video. All in all, however, we don't need more than a week to produce the video and to successfully position it online.

The price for this high quality service is comparatively low. Any video up to 2 minutes starts at 699 € (or USD 899). That includes a consultation about editorial and technical aspects of the content and provision of a film script, the production of the video and the integration of the video content into the online marketing mix. Updates and minor changes to the video content are free of charge for 2 weeks after delivery. Additional minutes will be charged at 149 € per minute (USD 199). For further information, please consult the Convima website.

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posted by Geetesh on 2:24 PM IST



Engaging or boring? What effect do your presentation slides have on your audiences? Can images help? That's the topic of this webinar organized by ReadyImages. Julie Terberg of Terberg Design hosts this online seminar that will help increase the effectiveness of your visual communications. Julie will provide guidance on the proper selection and use of images, and she’ll offer real-world design tips for using PowerPoint.

Attendees will gain next-level design skills and the opportunity to receive 100 complimentary images from ReadyImages.

You can sign up here...

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posted by Geetesh on 1:08 PM IST



If your PDF contains plenty of graphics, media, and animation, you might want it to open in full screen for visual impact, and to mimic a conventional PowerPoint slide show. If a PDF is set to play in full screen mode, it hides all menus, toolbars and other panels to make the page as large as possible on the screen or projected display. This tutorial is part of the PowerPoint to Secure PDF series.

Learn more now...

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Tuesday, May 05, 2009
posted by Geetesh on 2:52 PM IST



This tutorial is part of the PowerPoint to Secure PDF series. In this tutorial I'll show you how to reorder slide pages in Adobe Acrobat Pro. Changing the order of pages in a PDF is very easy, using the drag-and-drop capability within Acrobat's Navigation tab.

Learn more now...

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posted by Geetesh on 1:25 PM IST



This is part of the PowerPoint to Secure PDF series -- in the last tutorial in this series, I showed you how you can add new slide pages to existing PDFs in Adobe Acrobat Pro -- this page shows you how you can delete slide pages in Adobe Acrobat Pro.

Follow these steps...

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posted by Geetesh on 12:07 PM IST



Adobe Presenter 7 is a PowerPoint add-in that allows you to create high-impact Adobe Flash presentations and eLearning courses from PowerPoint. In addition, you can also create high fidelity PDFs using this add-in. You can add narration, edit audio, add multimedia capture video, animations, interactivity, quizzes, surveys, and software simulations to eLearning courses created using Adobe Presenter -- all inside PowerPoint. Output can be customized as presentations published to Flash, PDF or Adobe Connect Server.

Read the Indezine review here...

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Monday, May 04, 2009
posted by Geetesh on 4:37 PM IST



In this PowerPoint to Secure PDF series, you first learned how you can export individual PowerPoint slides to PNGs -- thereafter you learned how you can create a PDF from exported PNGs, and also how you can quickly create a single PDF from multiple PNGs. Now, I'll show you how you can add more content to the PDFs you created.

Follow these steps...

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